Every day, from all around the world, I hear tales of umbrellas. Some are inspiring, some tragic, some are downright perplexing. But what they illustrate is how ingrained in our everyday lives the 'umble umbrella is.
As you would expect, America is a hotbed of the quirky. Who could fail to warm to the charms of this small town in California with its reports of some quite frankly top notch petty crime or mischief. And one more heinous offence perpetrated against a patio umbrella.
However, the scoundrel may regret it if it turns out to be the same model as this one - an example of when good umbrellas go bad. And click here for a very sad tale of what can happen if umbrellas don't "conduct" themselves properly.
While I am confident that s such delinquency would never happen with a British umbrella, these examples demonstrate the need for umbrellas to have strong representation and regulation to keep them on the straight and narrow.
Finally, I was most touched by the thoughts of this blogger. I am going to try and recruit her, as long as she went to Oxford, naturally.